Bledsoe Named to USA Softball Player of the Year Watch List

Emily Bledsoe is the first Tech player named to any preseason watch list in school history.

Feb. 1, 2011

LUBBOCK, Texas - Following a career year in 2011, Texas Tech senior Emily Bledsoe was named to the USA Softball Player of the Year Watch List Wednesday in an announcement by the American Softball Association of America.

Bledsoe, a Fulshear, Texas native, joins 49 other players nationwide on the list that includes 10 others from the Big 12 Conference. She is the first Tech player in school history to be named to any preseason watch list.

"This is a great honor for Emily and definitely well deserved," Tech head coach Shanon Hays said. "She has been a tremendous three-year starter for us and will wrap her career among the all-time greats in a Tech uniform. We're hopeful she will have another great year this season and help provide solid leadership for this group."

In her three seasons at Tech, Bledsoe has helped bolster a Tech lineup that has consistently been one of the top units in the country. She hit a career-high .383 as a junior, the third-highest single-season average in program history, while also delivering three home runs and 33 RBI to go along with 56 runs.

Already the school's career doubles leader, Bledsoe enters her final season in a Tech uniform ranked among the all-time greats in most offensive categories as she is currently fourth in batting average and runs, fifth in total RBI, and seventh in hits over her career.

The Big 12 and the Pac-12 lead the way with six member schools represented for the award, which is considered the top honor in NCAA Division I softball.

The watch list will be tripped to 25 finalists on April 11 before the list eventually is cut to 10 on May 9. The top three finalists will then be announced May 23 with the winner being named prior to the start of the Women's College World Series on May 29.

Bledsoe and the Red Raiders begin the 2012 season in just over a week with the Arizona State Kajikawa Classic as Tech will face San Diego State at 4 p.m. Feb. 9 to open the three-day event in Tempe.




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